Japan’s 54-year-old ‘King Kazu’ says eight clubs are ready to sign him

Japanese Yokohama FC forward Kazuyoshi Miura, recognized as the world’s oldest goalscorer and currently playing in a professional league, gestures during J. League YBC Levain Cup soccer match against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in Sapporo, northern Japan on August 12, 2020, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory Credit Kyodo / via REUTERS

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Dec.21 (Reuters) – Japanese evergreen footballer Kazuyoshi Miura, now 54, has no plans to hang up his boots and said as many as eight Japanese clubs were after signing for the next season, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.

Miura, known as “King Kazu” in his homeland, became the oldest player to appear in the Japanese Premier League when he played for Yokohama FC last season, but is now looking for opportunities elsewhere afterwards. that the team was relegated to the second level.

“I get a lot of feedback from clubs on how they harness the power of influence in their community and how they aspire to be promoted. It will be hard work (deciding who to play for)” , said Miura. saying.

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“I want to figure out what is most important to me and then make an honest decision based on my feelings.”

Miura started his career with Brazilian Santos in 1986 because Japan did not have a professional league at the time, before playing for players like Verdy Kawasaki, Genoa, Dinamo Zagreb and Vissel Kobe.

In September last year, Miura told Reuters that his passion was intact and that he was not interested in setting new age-related records.

“My feelings towards football and my aspirations to be successful in football have not changed since I became a professional player in Brazil in 1986. The passion has not changed either,” he said. declared.

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Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bangalore; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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